Mess With Texas brings GWAR, Billy Bragg, Japandroids, and friends together at last

Mess With Texas brings GWAR, Billy Bragg, Japandroids, and friends together at last

It’s that magical time of year again, when a young music fan’s fancies turn to thoughts of SXSW. The adventure begins next week in sunny Austin, TX, where our friends behind the Mess With Texas party (presented by FYF Fest and Fun Fun Fun Fest) are throwing their fourth-annual shindig. This event is always fun and free, and this year it benefits Marbridge, a service for adults with various cognitive challenges. The eclectic lineup kicks off on Friday, March 19 and wraps on Saturday, March 20, 12PM to 9PM on both days. Head down to 1001 East 6th Street and party with Andrew W.K., zone out with Black Angels, and be utterly terrified by GWAR. And yes, it’s FREE. Just make sure you RSVP.

• Friday March 19
Man Man, Billy Bragg, Man or Astroman?, Frightened Rabbit, Black Angels, Yacht, The Bronx, Grupo Fantasma, Brazos, Jail Weddings, Jeff the Brotherhood, Mariachi El Bronx, Hacienda, Suckers, DJ Spooky w/GHP, Admiral Radley (members of Earlimart and Grandaddy), Whoa Hunx, Oh No Ono, Off! (members of Circle Jerks and Redd Kross), Lost in Trees, Jim Jones Revue, Lissie

• Saturday March 20
GWAR, Andrew W.K., Fucked Up, Crystal Antlers, Neon Indian, Japandroids, Dam-funk, Holy Fuck, Fool’s Gold, Japanther, The Dutchess and the Duke, Adam Green, The Soft Pack, Katie Stelmanis, Avi Buffalo, Smith Westerns, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Let’s Wrestle, Pivot, Big Freedia “The Queen of New Orleans Bounce”

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Daniel Higgs to materialize new double CD/LP, Say God

Thrill Jockey has once again requested and received the shamanistic counsel of mantra/folk musician, artist, and mystic Daniel Higgs. Spirits of eroded mountain sides and unborn kittens will rise from unmarked tombs come May 18 of this fair year, the date that Mr. Higgs’ most recent spiritual incarnation is thrust into our universe, under the guise of Say God.

Dave Sitek provided him with some production assistance and a healthy recording space. No live shows as of now; I think he wants us to take this one in without him being physically present. At least for the time being.

Here’s the tracklist to make your mind stir:

01. Hoofprints On The Ceiling Of Your Mind
02. Song For Azariah
03. Say God
04. A Message From The Beautiful
05. Root & Bough
06. Jewel Of The East
07. Tumble Down
08. Christ Among Us

• Thrill Jockey:

Stars announce new album The Five Ghosts

As long as there are melancholy mix CDs to be made, Stars will always be in business. On June 22, they will release their fifth full-length album, The Five Ghosts, the first to be released on their new record label, Soft Revolution Records, which is licensed by Vagrant Records. The album will also feature a guest appearance from fellow canuck Andrew Whiteman of Apostle of Hustle/Broken Social Scene. Now, when can you see Stars in person, playing all of this new musical goodness? This summer, most likely, as the band is in the midst of a planning a US tour to perform The Five Ghosts in its entirety, along with fan-chosen favorites like “Take Me To The Riot,” “Ageless Beauty,” and “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead.” Keep your eyes on their website for more details to be announced soon.

The Five Ghosts tracklisting:

01. Dead Hearts
02. Wasted Daylight
03. I Died So I Could Haunt You
04. Fixed
05. We Don’t Want Your Body
06. He Dreams He’s Awake
07. Never Been Good With Change
08. The Passenger
09. The Last Song Ever Written
10. How Much More
11. Winter Bones

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• Soft Revolution:

Pink Floyd win in battle against EMI; music is back to being “seamless” again

Pink Floyd have emerged as the victors in a court tussle with EMI. The English rock group sued the English music group over online royalties and the “selling of individual tracks online.”

Judge Andrew Morritt ruled in favor of Pink Floyd, arguing that EMI should “preserve the artistic integrity of [their] albums.” (He’s obviously a fan.) In typical Pink Floydian language, the band was unhappy that EMI was selling songs individually because this detracted from the “seamless” nature of the group’s music. EMI countered that it only needed to ensure “seamlessness” on physical releases.

The label now needs to pay $60,000 as an interim payment while the judge decides on a fine.

It just gets worse and worse for EMI after what seems to be a 2010 of neverending bad news. They need to start hiring people with business acumen, excellent musical knowledge, and innovative ideas. People like our very own TMT staff!

Faith No More announce first East Coast reunion show

And just like that, sales of wallet chains have risen for the first time since 1997 with the news that Faith No More have revealed another tour date. The band will be playing in Brooklyn’s Waterfront space on July 5, with proceeds going to benefit the Open Space Alliance for North Brooklyn. Tickets go on sale March 19, with a special fan pre-sale taking place March 16. Check Faith No More’s website for more details.

04.12.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
04.13.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
04.14.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
04.17.10 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
07.05.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Waterfront
07.08.10 - Lisbon, Portugal - Alive Festival
07.09.10 - Madrid, Spain - Sonisphere Festival
07.10.10 - Bilbao, Spain - Bilbao BBk Live
07.15.10 - Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07.16.10 - Berne, Switzerland - Gurtenfestival

Zs announce new album, New Slaves, run rampant all over SXSW

The free-jazz, no wave, prog, what-the-fuckness that is Brooklyn’s Zs will be making the southern united states slightly more interesting come mid-March. Not only will the avant-noise-makers be running rampant all over SXSW, they’ll be making a couple of select stops on the ride down. This is all in anticipation for their forthcoming new album, New Slaves, due May 11 on The Social Registry. If you’ve yet to catch a whiff of the blissful furry that is Zs live or born witness to the developmental culmination that is Music of the Modern White (TMT Review), this, my friends, is the time.

New Slaves tracklist:

01. Concert Black
02. Acres of Skin
03. Gentleman Amateur
04. Don’t Touch Me
05. Masonry
06. New Slaves
07. Black Crown Ceremony I: Diamond Terrifier
08. Black Crown Ceremony II: Six Realms


03.13.10 - Charlotte, NC - Snug Harbor
03.14.10 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03.15.10 - New Orleans, LA - The Saint !
03.16.10 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn - SXSW @
03.17.10 - Austin, TX - Hotel San Jose - SXSW $
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - Club Primo - SXSW
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - Domy Books - SXSW %
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - Parking Lot Near Convention Center - SXSW ^
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - Beauty Bar - SXSW &
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - Spider House - SXSW *
03.20.10 - Austin, TX - Moose Lodge SXSW #
03.27.10 - Ridgewood - Silent Barn (Black Crown Ceremony)
04.14.10 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands

! MC Trachiotomy and Microshards
# DD/MM/YYYY, Dosh, Naam, Mondo Drag
@ Turbo Fruits, Thee Ohsees, Golden Triangle
$ Ralph White, The Coathangers
% Abe Vigoda, Total Abuse, Weird Weeds
^ Acid Mothers Temple, Liturgy
& Aa, Julianna Barwick, Tyvek
* TK Webb, Wild Yaks,Jeff the Brotherhood, Shellshag

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